Kodiak Realty Services

Located in Two Liberty Center is Kodiak Realty Services who provide a level of property management which is unique to the real estate market. Due to Kodiak’s owner operated model, specific focus and on-site headquarters location for only three (3) office buildings, the level of care and response time is of great value to our tenants.  Founded by Mr. John Shooshan and Mr. Martin Schnider in 2007, Kodiak recognizes that its mission is best achieved by empowering and expecting all employees to “do the right thing” in order to promote tenant satisfaction. Kodiak employees are motivated to exercise individual initiative, creativity, and loyalty to its principles. What services does Kodiak Realty Provide?
  • Property Management
  • Construction Services
  • Tenant Services
  • Parking
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Financials
Detailed information, certifications and more can be seen on their website, www.kodiak-realty.com.

The 94th Annual Arlington Business Gala Is Coming Soon

On January 27, 2018, join the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and other influential Arlingtonians for the 94th Annual Arlington Business Gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City. The attire is black tie preferred. The website states: "Put on your dancing shoes and prepare for an evening of mixing and mingling with your friends and fellow business leaders at the 94th Annual Arlington Business Gala. This event is a celebration of businesses in Arlington, and serves as the Chamber's largest fundraiser, helping us continue our mission of strengthening businesses and the economic environment for those who work, live and do business in Arlington." The event is sure to be a wonderful time with music, dancing, an open bar and a three-course dinner. There will also be an auction for attendees to purchase "outstanding auction items." Here's the details: 94th Annual Arlington Business Gala
Sat, Jan 27 from 6:30 PM - 12:00 AM The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City 1250 South Hayes Street Arlington, VA 22202

For more information and to register, visit the Arlington Chamber website here.

References: Event: 94th Annual Arlington Business Gala. (2017). Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Source: http://web.arlingtonchamber.org/events/94th-Annual-Arlington-Business-Gala-2290/details

“Arlington Earns Nation’s First LEED For Communities Platinum Certification”

Arlington County was recently honored to earn the title of "Platinum Level Community." This was the first community to earn the title with the U.S. Green Building Council’s new LEED for Communities program. The Arlington County press release states, "The honor acknowledges the County’s long-time commitment to environmental stewardship and community sustainability and its many policies, programs and initiatives to create a more sustainable Arlington. 'Arlington County understands the value of LEED and its ability to help set goals and deploy strategies that can improve the quality of life for residents across the community,' said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. 'Arlington’s LEED for Communities Platinum certification demonstrates a commitment to improving performance and creating a more resilient and sustainable future.' 'It is truly an honor, and a validation of Arlington’s commitment to sustainability, to be the first to earn LEED for Communities Platinum certification,' Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette said. 'This has been a community effort, achieved by having a vision of combating climate change and promoting energy efficiency on a local level, and putting in place innovative policies and practices to achieve it. Now, more than ever, the responsibility for progress on climate change rests with local and state governments and with the private sector.'" The county also released this video explaining the award: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXvN778FSdQ This is indeed a great honor for Arlington County! The Shooshan Company is proud to have added LEED certified buildings to the area and will continue to maintain excellence in this category. To read the full press release, visit the Arlington County Government website here. References: Arlington Earns Nation’s First LEED For Communities Platinum Certification. (2017). Arlington County Government. Source: https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/release/arlington-earns-nations-first-leed-for-communities-platinum-certification/

Rustico Restaurant

Ballston definitely has no shortage of great restaurants and bars. In fact, on Wilson Boulevard alone, between N. Quincy Street and N. Randolph street, you can enjoy Taylor Gourmet, Buzz Bakeshop, Sweetgreen, Bruegger's Bagels and, located in The View Luxury Apartments, Mike Isabella's Kapnos Taverna, Yona and Pepita Cantina. In addition, located in Two Liberty Center, there is the popular Rustico Restaurant and Bar: Rustico Restaurant and Bar's website states:

"Rustico is an exuberant neighborhood restaurant driven to deliver a one-two punch of honest, robust cooking against a backdrop of amazing beer. Warm, vivacious and adamantly unpretentious, Rustico was designed with good times in mind. With a cache of over 400 beers, a bustling bar scene and a passionate kitchen committed to its craft, Rustico’s a restaurant to visit with family and friends time and time again."

rustico1 In addition to their great atmosphere, Rustico has been featured in several publications including:
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • Cheers Magazine
  • The Washington Post
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • Imbibe Magazine
  • USA Today
  • Food Arts Magazine
  • New York Times
The article links can be found on Rustico's website here. Rankings for the restaurant from different publications include:
  • 75 Best Bars
  • 50 Best Restaurants
  • 100 Best Places to Drink In The South
Be sure to stop by sometime to enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or desserts, not to mention their fine draft, bottle and wine menus. Rustico Restaurant and Bar is located in the same building as The Shooshan Company's offices - Two Liberty Center at 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia. Parking is available in the same building (turn on N. Randolph Street).  

Two Liberty Center – Walkability In The Heart of Ballston

Two Liberty Center, located across from Ballston Quarter, 4040 Wilson Blvd. and The View Luxury Apartments, has one of the best "Walk Scores" around at 96. A variety of fast casual, white table cloth and quick serve restaurants, as well as hotels and retail shops, make Ballston one of the best neighborhoods to live and work in. Previously, we talked about how much Ballston has changed in just a few years time (see "Ballston 2014 vs 2020), and the changes are also apparent from some of Two Liberty Center's original materials, as seen below: As seen in the above graphic, Ballston already had much to offer, however some of these restaurants and other amenities have been through some changes, and others have been replaced entirely. The original listings included: RESTAURANTS – FAST CASUAL: A-Town Bar & Grill, Big Buns, Bloom's Grill, Blue River Café, Buffalo Wild Wings, CarPool, Charley's Grilled Subs, Chipotle, Cosi, Green Turtle, I Love Thai, IHOP, Kapnos Taverna, Manchu WOK, Mussel Bar, Noodles & Company, Panera Bread, Pepita Cantina, Pizza Autentica, Potbelly, Rock Bottom Brewery, Sweet Leaf, Sweetgreen, Taylor Gourmet, Texas Bar-B-Q, The Front Page, Tivoli, To Market To Market, World of Beer, Yona. RESTAURANTS – WHITE TABLE CLOTH: Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro, P.F. Chang's, Pinzimini, Uncle Julio’s Rio Grand Café, Rustico, Tara Temple, Kapnos Taverna. RESTAURANTS – QUICK SERVE: Arby's, Bruegger's Bagels, Buzz Bakery & Lounge, Chick-fil-A, Juice Zone, Sbarro, Starbucks Coffee, Subway, Zoe's Kitchen. HOTELS: Hilton, Westin Hotel, Residence Inn. FITNESS: Gold's Gym, Sport & Health. SERVICES/RETAIL: Bank of America, Capital One, CVS, First Citizens Bank, Freshbikes, HSBC, Macy's, One Stop News, PNC Bank, TD Bank, Suntrust Bank, Wells Fargo. For example, what was once World of Beer is now Crafthouse, and CarPool has moved their location. The list does also not take into account the upcoming Ballston Quarter with all of their new amenities, or 4040 Wilson's upcoming VIDA Fitness (the first in Arlington!). One of our most recent developments, Marymount University's new campus, has added a Starbucks and other retailers. As Ballston continues to grow, so does its offerings. The Shooshan Company is proud to be a part of this neighborhood's development and continues to partner with local and national businesses. In addition to everything listed above and the impressive Walk Score, Two Liberty Center, located at 4075 Wilson Boulevard, has also received the Platinum award from Arlington County Commuter Services for its alternative transportation program. The property was also honored to receive LEED Gold Certification. As we’ve stated in previous articles, LEED stems from the U.S. Green Building Council and as their website states: “LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily… LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money.” http://www.shooshancompany.com/two-liberty-center-receives-leed-gold-certification/ We will keep you posted on other developments and amenities coming to Ballston, and you may also view twolibertycenter.com/lifestyle/ to see an updated list.   References: Ballston 2014 vs. 2020. (2017). The Shooshan Company. Source: http://www.shooshancompany.com/ballston-2014-vs-2020/ 4040 Wilson to Feature First Arlington VIDA Fitness. (2017). The Shooshan Company. Source: http://www.shooshancompany.com/4040-wilson-to-feature-first-arlington-vida-fitness/ LEED. (2017). U.S. Green Building Council. Source: http://www.usgbc.org/leed Two Liberty Center Receives LEED Gold Certification. (2017). The Shooshan Company. Source: http://www.shooshancompany.com/two-liberty-center-receives-leed-gold-certification/  

Arlington Memorial Bridge To Receive Repairs

The Washington Post writes, "In a rare bit of good news for the Washington region’s aging transportation infrastructure, the National Park Service announced Friday that it had approved a $227 million project to repair and rehabilitate Arlington Memorial Bridge, a major commuter artery traveled by 68,000 vehicles a day." The Arlington Memorial Bridge is over 85 years old and has been in need of repair for a while. With the new funds, repair can start 18 months earlier than originally planned. For the full story, click here. References: Effort to fix aging Arlington Memorial Bridge receives a $227 million boost. (2017). The Washington Post. Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/effort-to-fix-aging-arlington-memorial-bridge-receives-a-227-million-boost/2017/12/01/f71f7e00-d6d2-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?utm_term=.a303a8a4144c

Holiday Cheer On Tap!

Ballston BID, The Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston are joining together to offer "Holiday Cheer on Tap!" This will be the 6th year in a row for the event.
According to the website, "You'll enjoy drinks and appetizers while networking with fellow local business leaders, all included with your registration."
The Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston is located 0.3 miles from the Orange and Silver lines Ballston Metro Station at 4610 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203. The deadline for pre-registration is 12pm on December 5 and there is also an option to pay at the door.
In addition, the Arlington Chamber mentions that "this year’s event will also include a fun, interactive holiday market, where Chamber member businesses can display and sell their goods to attendees... To reserve a table, contact Sarah Lindner at slindner@arlingtonchamber.org or (703) 525-2400. " Details:
Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston 4610 Fairfax Drive Arlington, VA 22203
This definitely sounds like a fun event and The Shooshan Company looks forward to seeing everyone there! References:
Holiday Cheer On Tap!. (2017). Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Source: http://web.arlingtonchamber.org/events/Holiday-Cheer-On-Tap-2436/details

Ballston BID “Connect” App Review

The Ballston Business Improvement District (BID) was formed to "make Ballston a foremost business, cultural and entertainment destination." As a result, they offer many tools for those living and working in the neighborhood (see the interactive directory) which includes the "Ballston Connect" app for both Apple and Android. The app offers Ballston residents, as well as those who work in the city, a way see what's going on with:

  • An Activity Feed
    • Gives an active feed of current and upcoming events
  • Food Trucks
    • Displays tweets from food trucks in the area (with promotions and locations)
  • Restaurant Specials
    • Stay in the know with promotions to Ballston-area restaurants
  • Contests and Giveaways
    • Ballston BID regularly gives away coupons and gift cards to restaurants and more
  •  Find Parking
    • Interactive map shows available parking areas
  • Events in and around Ballston
  • Business Directory
    • Broken down by category
      • Commercial Properties
      • Education
      • Entertainment
      • Hotels
      • Parking-Transporation
      • Parks-Recreation
      • Professional Businesses
      • Restaurants
      • Retail
  • Virtual Ambassador
    • A virtual guide to Ballston: "Let the ambassador help you find historical spots, programs and events, and other points of interest around Ballston."
  • Ballston Voices
    • This is one of our personal favorites and allows you to leave a picture and audio recording of anywhere you visit in Ballston for others to see and hear
  Overall, the Ballston BID Connect app can be extremely useful and we highly recommend giving it a try. For more information, visit www.ballstonbid.com/ballston-connect.

Ballston: 2014 vs. 2020

With the Arlington Connection's recently published an article on the future of Ballston, "Ballston 2020: A look at the redevelopment plans across the west end of Arlington’s Metro corridor," we thought it would be interesting to see where Ballston was 3 years ago in 2014 via another article from The Washington Post: "Where We Live: In Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood, variety is a fact of life." Ballston has been growing steadily, but even in 2014, everything was still accessible. Samantha Baker, a new Ballston resident at the time, stated, “'I’m a walker, you had to drive no matter where it was' [referencing Long Island, CA]. But in Ballston, she said, she can get to everything she needs — supermarkets, drugstores and restaurants — on foot. For Christiana Campos and her husband, Javier Candon, moving to Ballston five years ago meant finding a place to raise their two children: an 8-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter. Having lived in the District before their children were born and in Rosslyn when they had one child, the couple wanted more space. 'It was close to the city, and we wanted to have a house,' Campos said. 'It’s small but nice, and we have a back yard.' Ballston has a 'small-town vibe' with a 'touch of urban,' she said." Just like the recent Arlington Connection article, Tina Leone, chief executive of the Ballston Business Improvement District, was quoted, saying: “It needs more entertainment options.” Since the Washington Post article was published, however, more entertainment venues, restaurants and bars have opened, creating many more opportunities for Ballston residents. With the new Marymount project completed, along with the upcoming 4040 Wilson Blvd. (Arlington’s first vertically mixed-use building) and Ballston Quarter, the Arlington neighborhood is about to get much busier.   References: Ballston 2020: A look at the redevelopment plans across the west end of Arlington’s Metro corridor. (2017). Arlington Connection. Source: http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/oct/30/ballston-2020/ Where We Live: In Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood, variety is a fact of life. (2014). The Washington Post. Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/where-we-live-in-arlingtons-ballston-neighborhood-variety-is-a-fact-of-life/2014/08/07/e6f34dc6-1417-11e4-9285-4243a40ddc97_story.html?utm_term=.5c8c7a652286

At Look At Ballston Development Projects

The Arlington Connection newspaper recently published an article titled, "Ballston 2020: A look at the redevelopment plans across the west end of Arlington’s Metro corridor." The article, by Vernon Miles, does a great job at laying out current projects across the area including:
  1. 1000 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22201: Marymount University Development
  2. 4230 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203: Metro Plaza
  3. 4201 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203: Central United Methodist Church Redevelopment
  4. 4000 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203: Carpool Redevelopment
  5. 3901 North Fairfax Proposed: Office Redevelopment
  6. 4040 Wilson Blvd Proposed: Tallest Office in Ballston
  7. 750 North Glebe: Residential Redevelopment
  8. 672 Glebe Road: 672 Flats
  9. 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203: Ballston Exchange - National Science Foundation Redevelopment
  10. 875 N. Glebe Road: Ballston Mall Redevelopment
[caption id="attachment_1552" align="alignnone" width="465"] A Google map with each development location via The Arlington Connection[/caption] The Shooshan Company's latest project, Newside is among the many listed: "The latest development completed in Ballston is the two luxury buildings finished over the summer, collectively called Newside. The two buildings are located at the former Blue Goose site on Marymount University’s Ballston campus in the northwest corner of the neighborhood. The southern building is a nine-story mixed office and retail building with 55,067 square feet of office space. The other is a 15-story market rate apartment building with 267 units." The latter is of course the new Rixey apartments. Another quote from the article mentions the Shooshan Company project, 4040 Wilson: "There are two site plans approved for 4040 Wilson Blvd. One would be almost entirely office and would make the building the tallest office building in Ballston. The other would include office, but would also include retail and residential space, becoming Arlington’s first vertical fully mixed use development." You may view additional photos, available space and more on 4040 Wilson's website, www.4040wilson.com. Also, be sure to read the full Arlington Connection article online or in print. The Shooshan Company is proud to be a part of Ballston's beautiful growing cityscape.   References: Ballston 2020: A look at the redevelopment plans across the west end of Arlington’s Metro corridor. (2017). Arlington Connection. Source: http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/oct/30/ballston-2020/ 4040 Wilson Gallery. (2017). 4040 Wilson. Source: http://4040wilson.com/gallery/